HORRIBLE!!!!!! DO NOT MOVE HERE!!!!! APTS HAVE MOLD AND MICE AND MANAGEMENT NEGLECTS THE PROPERTY!! JENNIFER DERR IS A SLUMLORD AND TALKS DOWN TO TENANTS!
Overall its a great first apartment or an apartment that's cheap and affordable. Its super convenient if you work in sun prairie or the east side of Madison. Overall i was not pleased with the apartment at all. Took 3 months for them to fix our windows, not even sure if they are fixed yet. I've had a water stain on my wall for like 2 months that still needs to get painted over. My roommate and i just recently asked to find someone to sublease are apartment. We listed our move out day for October 30th. When we called to see if they found anyone they said yes and said that they are moving in on September 18th, never once did they contact us to let us know this. Then when we said that that's not right we said we'd be moving out on October 30th and that's what was listed on the paperwork they said they had lost our paper work. How do you loose a tenants paperwork!?! Management needs to definitely work on communication and organization. This happened more then once with work orders to get done. Staff was friendly but the management of the apartment was definitely lacking. Now i have to be out by the end of the month and don't have an apartment til November 1st.. Also the laundry facility was very unclean. Water always on the floor. There was also a major spider issue. I am afraid of spiders and had them come into spray not sure if that ever happened. Also when we moved in our air did not work it took 3 weeks for someone to come out and fix that. I have to say its nice that there is a flat rate for utilities but overall i would not recommend someone living here. Not very reliable
The apartments are very spacious, I like that. But I tried for 8 months to get a place here, and my friend moved there to Sun prairie with his friends a month ago and got approved.
The Sun Prairie Ghetto. Paper thin walls, dirty laundry facilities, many sunken floor areas, heating/cooling unit malfunctions (water may leak from an upper level apartment into your apartment), sloppy maintenance, provided blinds do not block out much sunlight, etc. Way too much noise travels through ALL of the walls. Within the first 3 months of living there, I saw two vehicles with slashed tires. Someone from another apartment on the premises offered to sell me marijuana at one point and to let my friends know if they needed any. The police show up very frequently, though I do not know why. Many of the tenants are disrespectful, though many of them are also decent people and do not cause problems. The "Olympic sized swimming pool" isn't as large as it sounds, and children are often there unattended or loitering in groups near it for extended periods of time and are told to leave by who I'm assuming is the "life guard". To do your laundry, you must go to the basement of the apartment buildings, and to operate it, you must use a keycard that you may only put money on in the main office building (to my knowledge) instead of coin operation, so no any time laundry unless you've already paid for it if the office is closed. The carbon monoxide detectors were nice to have around. The stove did leak a small amount of gas, but not enough for things to go boom. The smoke detectors will chirp very loudly every 30 seconds when they need a new battery. The one in my apartment decided to do this at 4 am. I did not always feel that my belongings were safe and that if someone saw me bringing something in/out of the apartment, then it would probably be broken in to and stolen. To my knowledge, there were no break-ins during my lease. I really wish the kids would have gone to a park to play. I'm not sure if they were too loud, or if the walls were too thin, but the outside noise was often heard, even while listening to music or watching tv, regardless of the time of day. The bicycles that were frequently left on the walkways were also annoying. I may sound like I dislike children, but that is not true. I worked in a children's program for 6 years, and I enjoyed it immensely. Some of the buildings seemed better than others. If they were all kept in a condition like the office building, it may be a decent living arrangement. I did not have a good experience there, and the tenant/s that I befriended while there seemed to have fewer problems than I did and stayed there. I know that people ruined a lot of my experience at Hamilton, and that is not necessarily to blame on Hamilton Place. They do a good job getting residents that are not compliant out of their apartments, though I don't think everything is reported as it should be. It's a great location if you work on the east side of madison or in sun prairie. I have moved on, and will never return.
I've been living here for almost a year and have decided to renew my lease. Aside from the fact that I really just don't feel like moving again, I am comfortable with my apartment. With me being single, its perfect for me. I mean with a rare occasional loud noise that lasts maybe 3 seconds I can deal with that. The management is great. I've never lived in an apartment complex before where they actually got out of the office and personally went to all the apartments to make sure the tenants were taking care of the property. And utilities included, you can't go wrong. The heat works great and AC, wow, i didn't know how good it was until my first summer here when the AC was turned on for the building and I didn't know it I came home and my apartment was like 62 degrees. I would totally recommend this place to my friends.